Every event menu should include at least one option that fits into the special diets category. Planning for vegan guests may take a little effort to look beyond your usual protein sources, but coming up with a vegan-friendly menu is not as hard as it looks when you know how to pick options that utilize nutritious ingredients such as mushrooms and soybeans and pull it all together. Check out these four dishes that are designed to accommodate vegan guests that fit into any menu
Meat is not the only thing that can be served on a stick. When you know that people who eat a vegan diet are attending your event, give them a kabob option that allows them to also nibble on their favorite foods as they mingle. While bell peppers, onions, and zucchini are classic skewer foods, try putting some different ingredients on the stick. Our root vegetable kabobs layer sweet potatoes, carrots, parsnips, and beets to create a blend of savory and sweet flavors. Then, fresh herbs and sea salt are added to enhance the taste of each root vegetable while they are roasted.
Potstickers are a vegan-friendly option when you choose the right ingredients since the dough used to make the dumplings does not require any animal products. While many types of vegetables can go into a dumpling, edamame is a popular choice because it is a rich source of soy protein. Combine these soybeans with shiitake mushrooms and you have an appetizer that can double as a main course without using meat as a protein.
Recipes to accommodate vegan guests should always go the extra mile when it comes to adding flavor, and Asian-inspired dishes give you an exciting way to infuse everyday vegetables with delicious spices that elevate meals beyond a salad. Thai curry vegetable samosas come in finger-food- friendly triangles that are filled with peas, carrots, and corn. Then, lemongrass, ginger, and curry combine with these hearty vegetables to create a dish that even non-vegans will be begging to try.
Just because it’s without meat, doesn’t mean it should be without flavor. Our Vegan Capanata Phyllo Stars are the perfect example of this. This traditional Sicilian dish can be filled with all kinds of savory goodness that will get all of your guests coming back for more. These stars include a perfectly balanced mix of fried eggplant, whole roasted pine nuts, and tofu for an absolutely delicious flavor. Top off the dish with sweet and tangy goodness that is sure to bring the flavors alive in this perfectly flaky phyllo star.
Including every guest’s preferences in the menu is just part of being a good host, and vegan dishes are also the ideal way to meet the dietary needs of other people who are on restricted diets. With a few options that use fresh ingredients from non-animal sources on your menu, you can serve up each dish with full confidence that every guest will be pleased.